LEWIS, John William
(Service number 3/2720)

First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 23 June 1884 Place of Birth Bilton, Yorkshire

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment King Street, Temuka
Occupation Plumber
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Three children
Next of Kin Mrs Sarah Maud LEWIS (wife), King Street, Temuka
Religion Christian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 20th Reinforcements, New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 30 December 1916
Transport Athenic or Opawa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Medical Corps

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 21 January 1962 Age 77 years
Place of Death Hamilton
Memorial or Cemetery Hamilton East Cemetery
Memorial Reference Soldiers Section
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John William Lewis was the elder son of William and Mary Lewis. He was at home with his family at Bilton, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, in 891 and 1901. In 1901 John was an apprentice plumber. He married Sarah Maud Williams on 25 December 1907 at Neslon, New Zealand. He adopted Beatrice Mary (Daisy) Williams, born on 17 August 1904 at Temuka. He and Sarah had two more children - William Edwin Walter Lewis born on 3 November 1908 at Nelson, and John Walter Lewis born on 5 June 1910 at Nelson. All three children attended Temuka School, the two boys transferring to Rotorua in April 1919. Draft 217, the “Zealandic”, left for New Zealand on 18 January 1919 and was due in Wellington on 28 February, carrying over 1000 men and nurses, including j. W. Lewis, of Temuka.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 September 2019]; Hamilton East Cemetery burial record (Hamilton City Council) [03 September 2019] & headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [03 September 2019]; 1891 & 1901 census returns for Yorkshire, England ( [03 September 2019]; Star, 19 February 1919 (Papers Past) 29 August 2019]

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